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Swamp hibiscus. Captured at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Florida, USA. 868 views as of May 6, 2013

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Featured in—GEMS- April 6, 2011

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From: www.floridata.com

Hibiscus coccineus
Common Names: scarlet hibiscus, scarlet rose mallow
Family: Malvaceae (mallow Family)

Description
The scarlet hibiscus is a slender shrubby herbaceous perennial that dies back in winter and re-sprouts in spring. Established plants can have one to several stems up to 7 ft (2.1 m) tall. The five petaled flowers are brilliant crimson red and 6-8 in (2.4-3.2 cm)across. Each lasts only a day but new ones continue to open all summer and fall. The leaves are divided palmately (like the fingers on a hand) into 3-7 narrow, pointed, serrated lobes.

Location
The scarlet hibiscus occurs naturally in swamps, marshes and ditches, from southern Georgia and Alabama to central Florida. It is often encountered along southern rivers and streams where it towers above the maidencane and pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata).

Culture
Light: Does best in full sun.
Moisture: Likes a moist soil and can tolerate flooding. Established plants will survive in normal soils without supplementary watering, but they need to be watered during dry spells if you want them to flower.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 – 11
Propagation: By seeds or root division. Seeds should be punctured with a needle or scraped with a file before planting.

The spectacular scarlet hibiscus flower color coordinates pleasingly with red tinged stems and leaves.

Usage
The scarlet hibiscus makes an eye-catching specimen in the landscape with its huge crimson flowers and handsome palmate leaves. Plant them next to a pond or water garden, or at the back of a bed where their elegant leaves and brilliant flowers will attract the eye.

Features
The scarlet hibiscus is one of the largest and most beautiful of North American native flowers. Like the chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus), the scarlet hibiscus often causes people to do a double take as it resembles marijuana (Cannabis spp.). The resemblance quickly ends when the plant bursts forth with its humongous flowers in late summer!

Steve Christman 08/18/97; Updated js 07/05/98, sc 12/5/99, 8/16/02, 10/11/

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Comments

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 3 years ago

    Beautiful hibiscus Randi!

  • I appreciate that very much, Rainy!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous!!!!

  • Thank you so much, Deborah!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature, Deborah!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • GregTS
    GregTSover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

  • Thank you, Greg! Congratulations on being a featured member!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

    Stunning colours Randi, Well done on the feature, Roy

  • Thank you, Roy! Congratulations on your lovely feature as well!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, amazing work.

  • Thank you so much, Andrea, and congrats yourself on being a featured member!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    Beautiful! I love the vivid color of the flower and the contrast.

  • Thanks so much for the especially nice comment!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • GregTS
    GregTSover 3 years ago

    Thank you for the framed view! Magnificent!!

  • You’re welcome!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work,
    .

  • Many thanks, Ann!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • xox

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

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